Tennis

Hingis doubtful for Olympic comeback

Martina Hingis hinted that a proposed London 2012 Olympic mixed doubles pairing with Roger Federer is at best a long odds proposition.

“My life is pretty comfortable now, and I’m really enjoying it,” said the 30-year-old five-time Grand Slam winner.

Hingis said that the possibility of playing with her Swiss countryman Federer was proposed by someone from his team and not actually Federer himself.

“I’m not really thinking about it at all right now,” said Hingis. “The invitation has been blown a bit out of proportion,” said Hingis, married last year to French horseman Thibault Hutin. “I may be retired, but the competitive instinct is still there.”

While she has not ruled out playing at the Games as part of a high-profile pairing, Hingis, who quit tennis under a cloud in 2007 after testing positive for cocaine but protesting her innocence, is not overly enthusiastic. For one thing, she would, under ITF rules, have to return to the WTA in doubles and be subject to the intensive anti-doping reporting requirements.

“Definitely I would have to play some tournaments, like mingle around, play some doubles, some mixed at Grand Slams,” Hingis said. “But that’s another issue if you want to go through all that.”

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